OPS Employment: This is an OPS (Other Personnel Services) position which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work. OPS employees do not receive any form of paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System. OPS employees do have the option to receive health insurance benefits.
NOTE: Interested applicants should submit an application to the People First Vacancy 77904082. Pending final grant award notice. A cover letter describing the applicant’s experience with wildlife and/or natural resource planning, conservation and management, particularly as it relates to the duties described below, should be submitted with the application.
Description of Duties: This a 2-year grant-funded position to serve as the Bat Monitoring Program Coordinator for FWC. The person who is hired will work with project PIs, agency staff and other partners to: 1) Develop the framework for a long-term, statewide bat monitoring program based in part on the protocols of the North American Bat Monitoring program, 2) Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with partners to achieve long-term monitoring goals, 3) Work with partners to develop site-specific bat monitoring protocols 4) Produce written guidelines and strategies for implementing bat monitoring protocols, 5) Work with PIs and partners to develop a data management workflow to store, process, and analyze monitoring data, 6) Provide training, GIS maps, and other technical assistance to partners to facilitate bat monitoring, and 7) Travel across the state to check study sites and conduct or assist with bat monitoring activities (i.e., stationary and mobile acoustic surveys, emergence counts).
Working Hours: 8am-5pm, 40+ hours per week, work hours may vary.
Location: Office based out of the North Central Region, in Lake City, FL.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Knowledge: Ecology and conservation principles related to mammals, preferably bats; knowledge of Florida’s fish and wildlife species and applicable federal and state laws and rules. Skills: Problem solving. Project management. Strong writing skills. Preference for strong time management and data management skills and strong skills using ArcGIS and Microsoft Excel or Access. Abilities: Must be able to efficiently organize information and manage multiple activities; to effectively communicate with internal and external partners; to work effectively with other agency staff members, partners, and stakeholders across the state to achieve desired project objectives. Experience conducting acoustic monitoring for bats. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time, will demonstrate good communication abilities together with strong abilities to work independently with minimal supervision while also working as an effective team member.
Residency requirement: No
Level of Education: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required. A degree in wildlife science, natural resource management, ecology, or similar is preferred. A Master’s degree in fields described is preferred.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.